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BRT Project along Thika Road to cost Sh. 9B, CS Macharia explains

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has told a Parliament that the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) project along Thika Road requires Sh. 9 billion, sh. 5.8 billion of which will go to infrastructure development.

Macharia told the National Assembly Committee on Transport on Thursday that the design would comprise a station, four-foot bridges as well as a park and ride facility.

“The design infrastructure, which will comprise a station, four-foot bridges as well as a park and ride facility, is going on under KeNHA (Kenya National Highways Authority) which has estimated the cost to be Sh. 5.8 billion,” Macharia said.

The CS said that the first batch of 64 buses was being manufactured in both Kenya and South Africa. 
However, he said that the project would not be launched since the Kenya Highways Authority (KeNHA) was yet to work on the infrastructure.

“Out of the 64 buses, 32 are being constructed by a local body fabricator in Nairobi while the rest are being manufactured in South Africa,” said the CS.

The buses will cost the country Sh. 500 million. They will be expected to serve in the first and second phase of the project before the third one is rolled out in two years’ time.

Each bus is expected to have a capacity of about 160 passengers who will use electronic cards for payment.

The four footbridges under construction on Thika Road are designed as modules for ease of modifications to accommodate BRT services.

Aside from these, development of park and ride facility has been proposed at Kasarani stadium to be integrated with the commuter rail services.

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